Exclusively for Multiplemade, Urdǎrianu made a series of “Temporary Living Units”; idealistic and utopian architectural solutions for temporary housing for the homeless and people living in war zones. “Temporary Living Units” challenge the traditional form of buildings by being ‘houses of the mind’. They are thought experiments adapted towards the temporary, changeable and mobile needs of their residents. In times where many people are searching for a home, the sculptures respond to the urgent need for imagining non-conventional structures that can be quickly assembled, moved or dismantled. “Temporary Living Units” are a fulfilment of a desire to admire them as art works by the artist himself. This series of work is limited, existing of a multiple of two.
Veron Urdǎrianu (1951, Romania) is a sculptor and painter, based in Amsterdam. In his work, he uses existing images and familiar forms that he places in a new context. His sculptures have architectural, playful shapes and suggest multifunctional possibilities. In his paintings, he makes use of perspective and sallow color gradients to extract the image from its original context to give them a new significance. The totality of his work creates a Utopia of ‘active houses’ in which shifts, movement and transformation are important elements.
Urdǎrianu studied Sculpture at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy from which he graduated in 1976. His work amongst others has been exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and at Kunstmuseum The Hague. Internationally, his work was shown in Sammlung Goetz and Institut für Moderne Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany, Pinakotheke der Moderne, Munich, Germany, ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst, Germany and the Hopkins Center for the Arts in the USA. Urdǎrianu’s work is held in public and private collections all over the world. He is represented by Galerie Onrust Amsterdam.